Abdullah Zafar, M.S.

Dean’s Fellow, Computer Science
Dhanani School of Science & Engineering


  • M.S. in Computer Science, Institute of Business Administration Karachi, 2022.
  • B.S. in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015


Abdullah is a Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Alumnus, who is passionate about producing and sharing great ideas with his students. He enjoys thinking about Computer Science Theory, especially the impossible and inexpressible, and did his Masters thesis in Descriptive Complexity Theory. He is involved in a range of out-of-class pedagogical activities including competitive programming, a Theoretical Computer Science reading circle, poetry reading circle, and adult literacy for underprivileged staff at the university. In his spare time, he likes reading philosophy, theology and literature and maintains an active personal dialogue with the Humanities.


Abdullah has so far taught CS 100 (CS Freshman Seminar), CS 101 (Programming Fundamentals), CS 102 (Data Structures and Algorithms), CS 113 (Discrete Mathematics), CS 201 (Data Structures II), CS 212 (Nature of Computation), and assisted at the back-end with CS 412 (Design and Analysis of Algorithms) and CS 424 (Joy of Theoretical Computer Science) at Habib University.

Awards and Achievements

  • Graduated with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Graduated on the Dean’s List from Institute of Business Administration.


  • “Gaming away stress: Using Biofeedback games to learn paced breathing” (2018) in Transactions on Affective Computing. Access: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8319498
  • “Analyzing Player Engagement for Biofeedback Games” (2019) in SeGAH 2019 conference proceedings. Access: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8882481
  • “Playing with and without Biofeedback” (2017) in SeGAH 2017 conference proceedings. Access: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7939272
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